Rapid City, South Dakota - The Utah Grizzlies defeated the Rapid City Rush 5-2 Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Boyle turned aside 31 of 33 shots as he stopped several odd-man rushes in the third period.
The win is Utah’s fourth-straight as they improved to 33-28-5-2 to clinch their 19th season of .500 or better in 22 seasons in Utah.
“I thought Boyle was really good,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We need to limit our turnovers tomorrow if we want to get a win.
Forward Michael Pelech broke a 1-1 tie with two goals in four minutes and 14 seconds to give Utah a 3-1 lead in the second period.
Tim Daly threw a puck to the net that was tipped home by Zac Larraza to make it 4-1 with 5:06 left in regulation.
Utah added a 195-foot empty-netter with 1:32 left on a shot by Marc-Andre Levesque.
The Grizzlies made it 1-0 1:55 into the first period on a delayed penalty as Gabriel Verpaelst scored his first goal for Utah as the Grizzlies crashed the net in front.
The Grizzlies play their final road game of the regular season Saturday in Rapid City at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on Utah’s Classic Country AM 1370/Mobile App and seen on ECHL TV.
The final Valpak Wild Wednesday of the regular season will be Wednesday, April 5 and will feature $5 Lower Bowl Student Tickets and $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Soft Drinks, $2 Churros and $4 Grizzlies Goal-Den Ale.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Night April 7
Visit O’Reilly Auto Parts for coupons good for two-for-one tickets to the game on Friday, April 7. Offer valid while supplies last, see stores for details.
Fan Appreciation Weekend
The Grizzlies host Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by the Utah Building and Construction Trades Council, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. The weekend will feature any ticket in the lower bowl for $13, excluding rinksides at the Maverik Center Box Office. Fans can also add on a gyro and a soft drink for $10. In addition, fans can add a ticket to see Brit Floyd at Maverik Center on July 6 for only $13 (Regular $29.) Saturday’s game will also feature a team poster giveaway to the first 5,000 fans. Fans can get them autographed by the entire team after the game.